You know when you start wondering, "WHY was I interested in reading this again?" it's going to go bad... very bad. As in, down the rabbit hole and ending with a lot of injuries bad. It's just the matter of how long the book would last before you grew tired of it and just couldn't handle it anymore. From early on in chapter one, I started asking myself that question. Then I hopped onto Goodreads, looked up the synopsis and figured out why I bothered reading the book in the first place.
Deceived is obviously not the book for me – the synopsis even warns me of so: "Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come."
It's a modern day love story set in the last year – obviously I shouldn't have taken a second glance after that. Problem? The title was interesting, the idea of ending up with two soul mates instead of one was interesting... I figured it would be something very promising despite the blaring warning this would be a love story. Oh, and I totally give props to the author for saying, "having to choose between the two of them." What are the chances of a book saying there's a love triangle before you even start the story? A rarity, let me tell you.
It's not just any love story – I'm sure you're thinking this would be Romeo & Juliet style – it's a book that is literally oozing with love. The first chapter starts out with Sam and Marcus in a dreamscape, and Marcus tries to remind her of their love in Sam's past lives. And Marcus' speech – it is, as his guardian Aldo (I thought it said Afro) says, bordering towards obsession from the very beginning in their dreams. Then there's a love triangle (of course). Nick apparently drools as well in his dreams with Sam.
“Let it leave your lips, Samantha. Say it. Tell me you know me. That you’ve missed me,” Marcus whispered. “Say it … Come on, Sam ...”Let's be a little honest here: I don't have major problems with love triangles. I just like one side better than the other, and sometimes I like both sides and am completely happy no matter the ending where the girl finally chooses who she really wants to be with. But in Deceived...
I like no side. I apparently have problems with drooling boys, and it's not just the corners of the triangle. There's a dude that literally calls her sexy and another one who's hitting on her, and before I know it, this may make a new thingamatrope called a Love Pentagon. Perhaps PentaLove sounds better? Either way, considering the complaints you get from Love Triangles, Love Pentagons are going to have even more protests. And, really, it doesn't go well when the main character doesn't like the guy but doesn't reject him – if you don't like the dude, then say it and break his heart gently and early before you're in too deep to back out instead of just leading him on a leash. Otherwise, I deem you a hopeless romantic who is most likely desperate for love.
For now she’d make amends, go out with him a few times so he could get her out of his system and nicely let him down. Dating just wasn’t Sam's ball game.There's also way too many POVs going on at once – we go from Sam to Marcus to Sam to... who's next again? Certainly not Marcus. But we're going from Sam to Nick to Julie to whoever – maybe end of chapter – in one chapter. I have no problems with multiple POVs, but I start getting annoyed when there are a million views and nothing too much is going on except for the mere fact a centuries old prophecy is about to have its balls rolling.
Starkey may have a good concept at play in Deceived, but I just don't connect with the writing or the entire idea at large. Plus, the flood of romance? Love is in the book. I don't mean the weird version where it gets all awkward - I mean LITERALLY.